Highbury Trust

  • Consultations,  Events,  Highbury Trust

    Highbury’s future: the public consultation

    The long-standing question of what to do about Highbury Trust is being addressed through a new proposal. The Trustees (Birmingham City Council) have published their ‘preferred option‘ for the future management, maintenance, and charitable activities of the Trust. Your participation in this is vital to setting the best course for Highbury and the surrounding neighbourhoods. The preferred option is being circulated for public discussion, and will be followed by a decision to adopt or amend. Highbury Park Friends and allied groups are taking positions to have the option amended. Our thinking is set out here, in an info pack. [http://tinyurl.com/Oct2012HighburyComments] Paper copies are available at York Supplies in Kings Heath.…

  • Events,  Highbury Trust,  Incidents,  Walks

    Chamberlain gardens in the news

    Highbury was mentioned in the Birmingham Post and Mail yesterday when Cllr. Mullaney, as Council Cabinet Member for Sports, Leisure and Culture, drew attention to last week’s vandalism of the stone viewing platform in the former Chamberlain gardens near Highbury hall. As public response pours in, people are asking what can be done.  This post sets out a few answers for the near and middle future. First, we must remind everyone that the viewing platform is not in the park. It is on unassigned Highbury Trust land. Some of the Trust land is managed by the Parks department, but the rest of it is currently outside of any contracted maintenance…

  • Community,  Conservation,  Consultations,  Highbury Trust

    Highbury restoration update

    The Birmingham Conservation Trust website has a news item and three-minute interview about their options appraisal for the entire Highbury estate. An options appraisal is often a financial analysis, as was done by KPMG some years ago when BCC were thinking of selling the buildings. But in this case, the BCT are taking a broader look at what it would take to make Highbury work as a charitable resource, which necessarily means developing adequate income, but is also about making it available for the benefit of Brummies, such as through a sensitive heritage restoration, through charitable care projects like Four Seasons, or as a venue for educational and community activities.…

  • Events,  Highbury Trust,  Info,  News,  Walks

    July Newsletter

    After an astounding – and exhausting – effort, we’ve got a new, 4 page, newsletter for you! The July 2010 newsletter is ready for download in PDF format here. If you’re on the subscriber list, we’ll email you a link shortly. The headline stories are as follows: Trees, Trees, Trees! Tree Recognition Walk – see more below Wildflower Garden Project Park Keeper Update Highbury Trust Update Volunteers, Committee Members & Trustees wanted Annual Subscriptions Notice Plus, reports on Recent Events: Forage and Folklore Walk Photography Walk and notice of  Upcoming Event: Tree Recognition Walk A practical event for all ages, recognising, drawing and collecting material for pressing. Led by local…

  • Community,  Events,  Highbury Trust

    Highbury Trust Expressions of Interest & Public Meeting

    After a period of confusion and doubt, it appears that the public meeting about Highbury Trust is going ahead. Nearly 3 weeks ago, we received an email with the following text Public Notice The Highbury Trust One of Birmingham’s most famous parliamentarian’s, Rt. Hon. Joseph Chamberlain MP built Highbury Hall as a family home in 1878. The Highbury estate was transferred to trustees in 1919 by the eldest son of Joseph Chamberlain and the estate was finally gifted to Birmingham City Council on trust for the benefit of the citizens of Birmingham in 1932. The estate comprises of Highbury Hall, Chamberlain House and land that is now forms part of…

  • Highbury Trust,  News

    Consultation Date on Highbury Trust: October 28

    A letter reaches us from Kate Waring of the Charities Commission. She writes that Birmingham City Council have set a date for a public meeting about the future of Highbury. The date seems quite firm, but we should wait to hear from the Council itself before making any plans. The main part of her letter is copied below. Further to my e-mail last week, we have now been informed that the Council has arranged a public meeting in relation to Highbury for 28 October. On this basis, the Commission will not proceed with the meeting proposed for 6 November.* However, we have advised the Council that we do reserve the…

  • Events,  Highbury Trust,  History,  Walks

    Festival of Walks: Historic Survey Walk No. 1

    One of the ways we want to use Phillada Ballard’s Historic Landscape Appraisal is as a reference and organising device for a series of walks. We are calling them Historic Survey Walks, the first of which will be this Saturday, from 11:00, meeting at the Alcester Road entrance to the Park. This will be a short walk around the eastern end of the park, once known as Uffculme Park, and containing remnants of the 18th Century estate known as The Henburys, shown as the area labelled B in the map below. The history and character of this estate has developed a significantly higher profile through Phillada’s work, so we want…